In building depth for the 2013 season, getting the 2012 class playing time and experience as freshmen will go a long way in filling out the rest of the unit, which will include now-sophomore Daniel Smith and red-shirt freshman and converted quarterback Luke Massa and freshmen DaVaris Daniels and Matthias Farley (with the possibility of George Atkinson moving to receiver.
So replenishing the depth is a big thing, and the reason Notre Dame is eying four receivers in the class. IrishEyes.com takes a look at the key targets on Notre Dame's board.
Bryce Treggs, 5-11, 175, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
The skinny: The five-star is the fifth-rated receiver in the nation, and committed to California. He likes what fellow South Bay (Long Beach area) receiver DeSean Jackson did with the Bears, and although he made a quick decision to commit to Cal, he is still looking to visit Notre Dame for the Oct. 22 game against USC.
The current read: It will take a lot of work to get him
Jordan Payton, 6-2, 205, Oaks Christian High, Westlake Village, Calif.
The skinny: The four-star is the 12th-rated receiver in the class, and was a one-time USC commit before the NCAA sanctions appeal was denied. He says Michigan and Cal are sticking out, but he is open to a number of schools, including Penn State and Notre Dame.
He has a cousin who is a professor at Notre Dame and has family in Chicago, so distance can be a mitigated by having familiar folks around.
The current read: A rally is needed.
Amara Darboh, 6-2, 200, Dowling Catholic High, West Des Moines, Iowa
The skinny: Another four-star on the list, and the 23rd-rated receiver in the nation. His background of coming to the United States after his family was killed in Africa, taking education very seriously and playing at a Catholic school seem to fit the Notre Dame model well.
Darboh is considering Notre Dame, Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin and Iowa, and how his visits set up could be a tell-tale sign of where he goes.
The current read: Notre Dame is in decent shape
Cyrus Jones, 5-10, 180, The Gilman School, Balimore.
The skinny: The lone official visit set is for Notre Dame, where Jones (and half the recruiting board) will be for the USC game. Alabama, Auburn, West Virginia, Penn State, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, Virginia Tech and Ohio State are also on his list.
Jones is yet to trim his list further as he concentrates on the season, which opens this weekend.
The current read: Jones has the feel of being SEC-bound
Ian Thomas, 6-1, 187, Franklin High, Reisterstown, Md.
The skinny: Thomas may be one of the most underrated uncommitted receivers in the nation as he mixes strong route-running with very good hands and size. He is set to visit Notre Dame for the Oct. 8 game against Air Force, and is also looking at visiting Stanford, Iowa and Vanderbilt. Maryland, Boston College, Auburn and Rutgers are also on his radar.
The current read: Look for the Irish to try and squeeze the deal on his visit.
James Brooks, 5-9, 190, Forest High, Ocala, Fla.
The skinny: Brooks doesn't hold an offer but camped at Notre Dame and made a favorable impression. He was told he needed to improve his hands during his camp experience, and he is set on doing that as a senior. To get an offer, though, it means Notre Dame is falling off with some of its marquee prospects.
The current read: If Notre Dame offers, Brooks will likely commit quickly